Experience of mental health and cancer?

If you have experience of being affected by mental health problems and cancer and would like to make a difference for others, then we would like to invite you to join our friendly group who get together to:

  • Look at ways to improve our experience of cancer care when living with our mental health problems. AND
  • Connect with like minded people to share ideas and make a difference for people living with a mental health problem and affected by cancer.

    To find out more or to join us, ring Sarah Jane on 07802335570 or email: sarahjane.ashcroft@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk

 

WHAT IS CO-PRODUCTION?

Co-production acknowledges that people with ‘lived experience’ of a particular condition are often best placed to advise on what support and services will make a positive difference to their lives.

The Macmillan Mental Health Cancer Care project is looking for people interested in working alongside the Project Lead to produce recommendations to improve the experience of people living with a mental health condition and affected by cancer.

This is an exciting new opportunity to help improve future experiences

The recommendations to be developed will be focussed on three areas:
• Referral processes - what information is shared at referral and what happens to it
• Training and development – what are the gaps in cancer and mental health services regarding cancer and mental health awareness. Identification of current training provision available.
• Information – critically analyse written information offered to patients on diagnosis. Offer suggestions for improvements to make written information more accessible.

We recognise that everyone’s cancer journey is different and whether your experience has been good or bad, we think it is important that all of these experiences are used to make things better in the future for people affected by mental health and cancer.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

To support the Macmillan Mental Health Cancer Care Project Lead to develop recommendations to improve the experience of people living with mental health conditions and affected by cancer. 

YOUR ROLE?

In the role of a Co-production Group Member, you will be expected to: 

  • Attend a monthly co-production group meeting. Meetings will last two hours and be held during office working hours.
  • Apply their knowledge and personal experience of being affected by mental health and cancer to create recommendations to improve the experiences of people living with a mental health condition and affected by cancer.
  • Support the Project Lead to achieve the objectives and produce the recommendations that will be presented to a Steering Group and other relevant services at the end of 2018
  • Support activities of the project, such as assisting in collection and analysis of information, promoting the project, attending additional meetings to present findings and recommendations.
  • To assist in the development and delivery of awareness sessions to staff groups Help monitor the project’s progress and approve action plans for future work.
  • Take part in relevant training sessions.

WOULD I BE SUITABLE?

  • You should have personal experience of mental health condition and cancer; as a person who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition and / or cancer or as a carer.
  • Live in Teesside.
  • An interest, knowledge and desire to make recommendations to improve the cancer experience for people living with a mental health condition.
  • The ability to communicate views and opinions in an impartial and balanced way.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a team. Good communication skills and respect for diversity.
  • A willingness to take part in events and activities to promote the Macmillan Mental Health Cancer Care Project. 

STILL INTERESTED?


To find out more or to join us, ring Sarah Jane on 07802335570 or email: sarahjane.ashcroft@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk